Not a Cab, July, 2016
You drive your auto, you go in cars with friends of your choosing, or you walk if it is not too far. You say to yourself, “I make my own decisions about how I am going to get there.” Then one day you realize that the only resource available to you is a taxicab. You get on the phone, dial the number, and they come running to your house to take you where you want to go. It is reliable, predictable, and you have very little worry about the cost or safety or what you might have to give up in terms of freedom to avail yourself of the cab.
Here I am going to address each of you but most specifically my American readers. We have this sense of permanence in this country that is out of all proportion in the light of history. If God blessed this nation into existence, and I think He did, then we cannot expect it to remain the same if we remove God from it. God is not a taxicab. You cannot be 100% in control of your life, completely excluding Him, and then expect Him to show up when you get in trouble. He may, but He is under no requirement to do so. He wants you to cry out to Him in your hour of need, but He also knows when to show up. He wishes for you, forever and always, to WANT His help! However, He may tarry in order to give you time to consider the value of the relationship with Him over and above the needs of the moment.
In America we have come to believe that, no matter what we do, let me repeat, No Matter What We Do, things will never change. We think we will always be the most stable nation politically, most stable economically, have the safest food and water, the most protected shores, and the utilities, commerce, and infrastructure to sustain our wealthy lives forever. Here is what you need to know and I will use a little history lesson to make my point.
In 1917 Russia was fighting for its life against the Central Powers’ armies in Poland, Austro-Hungary, Romania, Turkey and Persia. Virtually all of the army was on this massive battle line extending over a thousand miles. Those few troops that were at home in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other cities were the war weary, the wounded, and probably many had PTSD, or battle fatigue as they called it back then. In March the communists saw an opportunity and could have cared less about anything other than their agenda. They seized control, killed the Czar and his family, including the children and took power. In their wildest dreams, the Russian people could not have foreseen this kind of thing happening in a stable nation that they considered to be part of Europe. They were civilized and successful with national rail lines, highways, hospitals, secure borders, and their rulers were in control.
We Americans are in much that same situation today. It would take very little for an evil element to foment a race war and civil unrest in our country today given current events. You have no idea how quickly your personal life could come undone. Headlines in Ottawa and Vancouver, “American Refugees Pour Across the Border.” China could decide to step in and take over at least the Western Pacific Region, while we were weakened by internal strife. Four well placed explosions could take out the freeway bridges that shuttle 80% of the traffic in San Diego County. Planes and trains would not be safe due to snipers and rail track destructors.
This is a time for unity against evil, not a time to draw lines in the sand. If we generate an us vs. them mentality, we will create chaos. God is a necessary element in our individual daily lives and that of our nation. The faster we return to that, the quicker our peace will be restored.
Nothing creates viewership and paying sponsors better than a crisis. The media is on a triptych pulling us away from God. It is in their financial best interests to do so. This is what I heard all day yesterday on KUSI the local public radio station: 1. You must have these things to be a success. 2. If you don’t have them it is because someone else has taken them from you or collected too much for themselves to your disadvantage. 3. You must demand them back in anger and taken action if they are not given to you. They said some incredible things. One of them was, the SNCC had the same agenda as Martin Luther King.
From Wikipedia: The first popular use of the term “Black Power” as a political and racial slogan was by Stokely Carmichael and Willie Ricks, both organizers and spokespersons for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). On June 16, 1966, in a speech in Greenwood, Mississippi, after the shooting of James Meredith during the March Against Fear, Stokely Carmichael said: “This is the twenty-seventh time I have been arrested and I ain’t going to jail no more! The only way we gonna stop them white men from whuppin’ us is to take over. What we gonna start sayin’ now is Black Power!” (They later dropped the word Nonviolent from the name of the organization.)
This is what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.” AND “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” AND “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
I hardly think that SNCC and Dr. King had the same agenda. To parallel the two of them gives credence to violence and National Public Radio should be ashamed. In any other country in the world, the radio station would have been shut down for encouraging sedition and rebellion. I found it interesting this morning that their transmissions were being interrupted with electronic failures so bad that they went completely silent for over a minute and came back on to say they were having technical difficulties. Perhaps God decided He didn’t want race riots in this country and resolved to take an active role in blocking what they were trying to cause.
President Obama at the Dallas Memorial on Tuesday: “We do not persevere alone. Our character is not found in isolation. Hope does not arise by putting our fellow man down, it is found by lifting others up.”
President George W. Bush added: “This has strained our bonds of understanding and common purpose. But Americans, I think, have a great advantage. To renew our unity, we only need to remember our values. We have never been held together by blood or background. We are bound by things of the spirit, by shared commitments to common ideals.”
We should decide what we want and it had better be God. If not, I pray for my country. I pray that the dozing citizens will never know the crisis and pain of civil unrest and civil war. It does nothing but destroy. Do not believe for a moment that it cannot happen here. We need to turn to God and we need to do it now. Run into someone today who does not look like you and tell them, “God loves you.” And pray, pray, pray.